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November 23, 1995
A man robbed a Rialto bank at knifepoint Wednesday, stabbed a customer to death and held about 30 others hostage before he was arrested trying to escape, authorities said, Sheldon Townsy, 32, of San Bernardino was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted robbery. He also was booked on another count of attempted robbery and attempted murder in connection with the robbery of an adult bookstore earlier in the day, Rialto police said.
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November 23, 1995
A man robbed a Rialto bank at knifepoint Wednesday, stabbed a customer to death and held about 30 others hostage before he was arrested trying to escape, authorities said, Sheldon Townsy, 32, of San Bernardino was booked on suspicion of murder and attempted robbery. He also was booked on another count of attempted robbery and attempted murder in connection with the robbery of an adult bookstore earlier in the day, Rialto police said.
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December 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A record bank robbery rate in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has bank tellers and managers sitting on pins and needles. "I know every time that door opens I (look up) and see who it is that just walked in the door," said Linda McCown, Coast Savings branch manager in Sun City. There have been more than 140 bank robberies in the two counties, well above the previous record of 90 in 1988. The 20 robberies committed in November was a monthly high, and nine more have occurred this month.
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January 10, 1991 | SONNI EFRON
A federal jury Wednesday convicted a 36-year-old man on two counts of bank robbery after he was arrested with help from a new high-tech tracking device stashed inside the loot. The jury sitting in Santa Ana found Joseph Dion McLeod guilty of stealing more than $3,900 in an armed holdup of Pacific First Bank in San Bernardino on Aug. 23 of last year and netting $660 in a Sept. 21, unarmed robbery of the Bank of America branch on Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 1991 | SONNI EFRON
A federal jury Wednesday convicted a 36-year-old man on two counts of bank robbery after he was arrested with help from a new high-tech tracking device stashed inside the loot. The jury sitting in Santa Ana found Joseph Dion McLeod guilty of stealing more than $3,900 in an armed holdup of Pacific First Bank in San Bernardino on Aug. 23 of last year and netting $660 in a Sept. 21, unarmed robbery of the Bank of America branch on Chapman Avenue in Garden Grove.
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December 9, 1989
A 31-year-old transient picked "the wrong time and the wrong place" to hold up a bank in Upland when an off-duty detective from neighboring Ontario who was in the bank on personal business stepped forward and took him into custody Friday, Upland police said. "It was very neighborly of him," said Upland Police Lt. Walter Ciszek, speaking of Ontario Detective Darrell Reed, who heard the robbery taking place, pulled his gun and took Ardis Bowles into custody without incident.
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May 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was seriously wounded in a shoot-out with a forgery suspect who was then killed by the lawman and other officers, authorities said. Deputy Thomas Garcia, 39, of Victorville, was shot at least five times by the suspect, who was armed with a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
NEWS
December 10, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A record bank robbery rate in Riverside and San Bernardino counties has bank tellers and managers sitting on pins and needles. "I know every time that door opens I (look up) and see who it is that just walked in the door," said Linda McCown, Coast Savings branch manager in Sun City. There have been more than 140 bank robberies in the two counties, well above the previous record of 90 in 1988. The 20 robberies committed in November was a monthly high, and nine more have occurred this month.
NEWS
May 1, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was seriously wounded in a shoot-out with a forgery suspect who was then killed by the lawman and other officers, authorities said. Deputy Thomas Garcia, 39, of Victorville, was shot at least five times by the suspect, who was armed with a 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, a Sheriff's Department spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1989
A 31-year-old transient picked "the wrong time and the wrong place" to hold up a bank in Upland when an off-duty detective from neighboring Ontario who was in the bank on personal business stepped forward and took him into custody Friday, Upland police said. "It was very neighborly of him," said Upland Police Lt. Walter Ciszek, speaking of Ontario Detective Darrell Reed, who heard the robbery taking place, pulled his gun and took Ardis Bowles into custody without incident.
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